Dateline Rice for Oct. 29, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


International Edition
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science, fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed by Voice of America about Brazil’s presidential election, and he is quoted in numerous articles about Texas politics ahead of the November midterm election.
Voice of America News (Comments begin at 5:10.)
Here’s one way Beto O’Rourke and Democrats nationwide could win. It won’t be easy.
HuffPost (This article also appeared in Newsline and Yahoo! News.)
Beto O’Rourke, Ted Cruz, Greg Abbott turn to ground operations that could change Texas politics
Dallas Morning News
Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke give each other the same legislative critique: Where are the results?
Dallas Morning News
Texas’ largest counties have nearly doubled voter turnout so far compared to 2014
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in the Republiq and Raw Story.)
Cruz’s border stance could seal re-election bid over Dems’ upstart — analysts
Sputnik News
The Facebook candidate: Beto O’Rourke’s social media savvy fuels long-shot Ted Cruz challenge
KHOU Online (This USA Today article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets since it first appeared in Dateline.)
Will Donald Trump’s Houston rally for Ted Cruz motivate Republicans — or Democrats?
Dallas Times Herald (This Texas Tribune article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
Democrats’ hopes fade for takeover of Senate
Washington Times (This article also appeared in GOP USA.)
Early voting Day 5: It’s been a long week (in a good way)
Off the Kuff
Eventually we’ll settle the debate about straight-ticket voting and judicial races
Off the Kuff
Early voting soars in Texas’ larger counties
Port Arthur News (A similar article appeared in the Longview News-Journal and the Eagle.)
Kiểm soát Thượng viện của đảng Dân chủ hy vọng mờ nhạt sau trận chiến Kavanaugh
News RND (An English translation is not available.)

Trump rolls out new pledges to boost GOP electoral odds
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted.
Wall Street Journal

Tech takes its toll on markets again
Rice research is cited.
Financial Times

Reports: Votes in Texas, Georgia are being changed at polls
Rice research about voting machine accuracy and security is mentioned in three articles. Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in Axios.
Texas has a long history of problems with Hart eSlate voting machines 
TechCrunch (This article also appeared in 20 other media outlets.)
Don’t freak out, but you’d #BetoCheckYourBallot before pressing ‘Cast Ballot’
Daily Kos
Texas officials say voting machines aren’t broken, they’re simply prone to ‘user error’
Think Progress (This article also appeared in VidMid.)

Campaigns ditch party in messaging as political landscape shifts
Campaigns are shaping their political messaging in reaction to a slowly shifting voter makeup, according to Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice.
Bloomberg Government

‘Media multitasking’ might mess with our 1st impressions 
Research by Richard Lopez, postdoctoral research fellow in the psychological sciences, that suggests a link between media multitasking and how people form impressions of others is featured.
Futurity (This article was featured in the Oct. 29 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter and was included in a previous edition of Dateline when the article was posted online.)

Kilauea isn’t erupting (at the moment), but the science goes on
An article mentions that Rice scientists are collaborating with Western Washington University and the University of Rhode Island to study the south side of Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea.
Scientific American

Ntozake Shange, playwright who underscored struggles of black women in ‘For Colored Girls,’ dies at 70
An article about Ntozake Shange, who died Oct. 27 at the age of 70, mentions that she formerly taught at Rice.
USA Today (This Associated Press article also appeared in 350 other media outlets.)

Do you know your spending triggers? Here’s how to stop impulse buying
Rice research that determined reflecting on recently used possessions lowered a person’s willingness to purchase new items is featured.
ABC 13 News Now Online (This segment aired on 30 other affiliate stations.)

TMC Innovation named among best business accelerator programs in the U.S.
Yael Hochberg, the Ralph S. O’Connor Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article that mentions he is part of a collaborative research effort called the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, which is aimed at helping entrepreneurs determine top accelerator programs. Dallas Innovates cites the rankings of the study.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
ICYMI: What’s new in augmented reality, social impact making headline, women in tech and what we’re reading
Dallas Innovates


Army Corps gives nod to $31B ‘Ike Dike’ plan to protect Texas coast
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center (SSPEED), is quoted in the Houston Chronicle and the Texas Tribune, and SSPEED’s supplemental environmental impact statement for the Galveston Bay Park Plan is cited by NBC 5.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 27 print edition with a different headline, “Bigger ‘Ike Dike’ backed.” This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Army Corps, Texas officials propose sweeping hurricane protection plan
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in Big Country, Fort Worth Business Press, The Facts and Covering Katy.)
Agencies release tentative plan for storm barrier on the Texas gulf coast
Houston Public Media
Officials offer $31 billion plan to protect Texas from hurricanes
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth (This article also appeared in Claims Journal and
Texas has a $31 billion hurricane infrastructure plan. When it will be built is ‘anyone’s guess.’
Texas Standard (This radio segment aired on more than 35 affiliate stations across Texas.)
The first step is made, now the public should be heard
The Daily News

Busy political season on Texas campuses as 2 colleges fight for better access to polls
Martel College junior Maddy Scannell is quoted in a Houston Chronicle article about extended early voting hours on Texas college campuses, including Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 27 print edition with a different headline, “Campus polling sites extend hours as civil rights activists threaten legal action.”) 
Student voting rights fight erupts at Texas State University

High Plains Public Radio (This Texas Tribune article also appeared in and a previous edition of Dateline.)

Short-term health insurance should worry you even if you don’t need it
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences, authored an op-ed. Ho is also quoted in an article on efforts by President Donald Trump to increase regulation of the prescription drug market.
STAT (This op-ed was featured in the Oct. 29 edition of the Texas Medical Center’s TMC Today newsletter and appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was posted online.)

After being overlooked for too long, Houston artist George Smith is getting his due
George Smith, Professor Emeritus of Visual and Dramatic Arts at Rice, who will be honored by Art League Houston with a lifetime achievement award, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 28 print edition with a different headline, “A starry night.”)

Sarah Whiting, dean of Rice’s School of Architecture and the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, authored a letter to the editor arguing to save Houston’s historic Shelor Motor Company Building.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Oct. 27 print edition.)

Houston filmmakers document local immigrants’ lives
An article mentions that “Seeds of All Things” will be screened at Rice Media Center Nov. 2
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Oct. 28 print edition, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

University of Houston says it ‘thoroughly investigates’ plagiarism allegation against Katy ISD’s Lance Hindt
An article about rescinding academic degrees because of academic misconduct mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

MFAH’s conservation center glows like glass jewel box
An article on the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation mentions Rice is collaborating with the museum on art conservation efforts.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Oct. 28 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

This week in Houston food events: Halloween tricks and treats
A roundup of Houston events mentions that Salamat 2018: Houston Filipino Street Festival will be held Nov. 3 in the Greenbriar Lot at Rice Stadium.
Houston Press

Houstonians strike gold at Tacolandia — again
An article mentions that Rice’s Mariachi Luna Llena performed at Tacolandia.
Houston Press

‘Get involved’
An article mentions that alumnus Tracy Steele ’85 gave the keynote speech at the Greater Texarkana Branch of the NAACP’s annual Awards and Freedom Fund Banquet.
Texarkana Gazette


KMOX-AM (St. Louis)
Research by the lab of Chris Fagundes, an assistant professor of psychological sciences, that determined grief can cause inflammation that can kill, is featured.
For the brokenhearted, grief can lead to death — Study
Daily Trust (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Your body releases something into the air when you watch scary movies
Vice (Scroll down to “How grief changes the body.”)
Demuestran que la pena causa una inflamación que puede llegar a matar (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in more than 35 other media outlets.)

Radio Health Journal
Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and a professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in an article about his research that determined viral mutations related to vaccine production in eggs will reduce the efficacy of the 2018 flu vaccine. (This segment also aired on more than 500 affiliate radio stations.)


Lab studies technology that communicates by touch
An article features Rice research that developed a haptic armband that communicates with signals comprised of squeeze, stretch and vibration. Marcia O’Malley, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Mechanical Engineering, professor of computer science and professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted. Graduate student Nathan Dunkelberger is quoted and pictured and graduate student Jenny Sullivan is pictured. Rice video is included.
Tech Xplore

This Week on the Space Show
Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is featured in a podcast about new Mars discoveries.
Space Fellowship

Coal power plant regulations neglect a crucial pollutant
Cleaning up or replacing coal-fired power plants that lack sulfur pollution controls could help Texans breathe cleaner, healthier air, according to researchers at Rice. Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted. Alumnus Brian Strasert and Martel College senior Su Chen Teh are mentioned. (This article also appeared in Power Engineering and Science Daily.)

Nanotubes may give the world better batteries
The lab of James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, has shown that thin nanotube films effectively stop dendrites that grow naturally from unprotected lithium metal anodes in batteries. Tour is quoted, and postdoctoral researcher Rodrigo Salvatierra and graduate student Gladys Lopez-Silva are mentioned. This research is featured in a roundup of technology and financial news from Proactive Investors UK. (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Today’s Market View — gold prices rise on equity selloff
Proactive Investors UK (Scroll down to “Nanotubes in batteries.”)

Scientists create flat tellurium
An article about Rice research that developed flat tellurium, which shows promise for next-generation, near-infrared solar cells and other optoelectronic applications, is featured. Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry, and graduate students Amey Apte and Elizabeth Bianco are quoted. Postdoctoral researcher Sadegh Yazdi and former postdoctoral researchers Chandra Sekhar Tiwary, Vidya Kochat and Emilie Ringe are mentioned.
R&D Magazine

Science: Ice-age climate clues unearthed [report]
Sylvia Dee, an assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and her colleagues have created a computational Lake Proxy System Model to translate data from deep beneath lake surface waters in a way that relates more directly to measurable climate model variables.
Infosurhoy (This article also appeared in Archaeology News Network.)

Science: Scientists uncover relationship between tremors, water at the Cascadia margin [report]
Rice postdoctoral researcher and seismologist Jonathan Delph and Earth scientists Fenglin Niu and Alan Levander make a case for the incursion of fluid related to slippage deep inside the Cascadia margin off the Pacific Northwest’s coast.
Infosurhoy (This article also appeared in Newsline.)

The no-theme conference
Joshua Eyler, director of Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence, is quoted.
Inside Higher Ed

The supernatural as natural, healthy and banal
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice, authored a book review.
Los Angeles Review of Books


Commentary | Breaking color barriers and glass ceilings
Research by alumna Paru Shah ’05 is cited.
Bayou Brief

16 California colleges ranked among top 100
A television broadcast and article mention that Rice is No. 1 in Texas and No. 9 in the nation on WalletHub’s rankings of top colleges and universities.
La Jolla Patch (This article also appeared in Westport Patch and Southwest Minneapolis Patch.)

Apple News’ radical approach: Humans over machines
Alumna Lauren Kern ’97, editor-in-chief of Apple News, is featured.
Livemint (This New York Times article also appeared on the Lowdown Blog, and it was included in a previous edition of Dateline.)

50 years ago
An article mentions that on Oct. 29, 1968, Lyndon Johnson announced that he would conduct a series of political science seminars at Rice the following January. Joseph Cooper, former chairman of the Rice political science department, is quoted.
Northwest Georgia News

‘First Man’ — il primo uomo
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Fantasy Magazine Italy (An English translation is not available.)
Miliardářské hvězdné války
Warengo (An English translation is not available.)


Rice falls to North Texas to remain winless in C-USA play
Several articles and broadcasts mention the Rice football team’s 41-17 loss against the University of North Texas Oct. 27 in Denton.
Houston Chronicle (This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 60 other media outlets.)
KDFW-TV (Dallas)
KHOU-TV (Houston)
Mean Green pull out win over Rice in fourth quarter, 41-17
Crucial drive seizes momentum for North Texas in win over Owls
North Texas versus Rice: Live updates, scores, and highlights
Game recap: North Texas runs away from Rice 41-17
HERO Sports
Mean Green get back to winning with blowout victory over Rice
Dallas Sports Fanatic 
Alumni, suite holders host almost 600 people at their tailgate

Denton Record-Chronicle
Texas college football rankings: A new No. 1
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Best in Texas poll (Week 9): How does a brutal week full of in-state losses shake up our rankings?
Dallas Morning News 
Saturday NCAA football recap: Quite the rough week for Texas schools … except Houston
SportsMap Houston
Todd Gurley one-ups Andy Reid and the rest of the weekend’s sickening bad beats 
Longview News-Journal 

CBS 4 News at 10′
A television broadcast and an article mention that Rice football will play the University of Texas at El Paso Nov. 3.
KDBC-TV (El Paso, Texas)
Rice versus UTEP — Nov. 3, 2018 — College football pick, odds and predictions
Sports Chat Place

Survivor: College football playoff edition, version 5.0
Louisiana State University’s football team will play Rice Nov. 17.
Houston Press

‘Fox 26 News at 8 a.m.’
Rice head men’s basketball coach Scott Pera, head women’s basketball coach Tina Langley and women’s basketball player Erica Ogwumike are featured discussing Rice’s Nov. 1 homecoming events and the start to the college basketball season.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

‘ABC 7 at 5’
Several articles and television broadcasts feature the Rice volleyball team, which defeated the University of Texas at El Paso 3-2 Oct. 28. UTSA Athletics mentions that Rice defeated the University of Texas at San Antonio 3-0 Oct. 26.
KVIA-TV (El Paso, Texas)
UTEP falls short at Rice
KTSM News Channel 9
C-USA leader Rice rallies past UTEP volleyball
El Paso Times
WKU tops UTSA volleyball on Sunday
UTSA Athletics

Texas women’s tennis players take 5 wins at River Oaks Invitational
An article mentions that Rice tennis player Michaela Haet competed in the River Oaks Invitational tennis tournament.
Austin American-Statesman

Spanning the globe in final weeks of Challenger season
An article mentions that the Oracle Challenger Series tennis tournament will be held at Rice.

East Texas edge defender Breylon Garcia back on the market
Rice is mentioned.

LaSalle’s Willson not fired up to see Seahawks for first time as a member of Lions
Former Rice football player and current Detroit Lions player Luke Willson is featured.
Windsor Star (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)


Study: Coal power plant regulations neglect a crucial pollutant
Cleaning up or replacing coal-fired power plants that lack sulfur pollution controls could help Texans breathe cleaner, healthier air, according to researchers at Rice. A study led by environmental engineer Daniel Cohan analyzed models that measure the effects of emissions from 13 coal plants in Texas and found that residents downwind of plants would be far better off today had the state focused on cutting particle-forming sulfur dioxide emissions in addition to those that cause ozone.

Can you feel what I’m saying?
Imagine that your smartwatch could “speak” to you through your skin, giving directions with coded vibrations, squeezes and tugs with meanings as clear as spoken words. That scenario could play out in the future thanks to technology under development in the laboratory of Rice mechanical engineer Marcia O’Malley, who has spent more than 15 years studying how people can use haptic sense to interact with technology.

Universities lauded at Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Conference
Universities committed to innovative entrepreneurship education and programs were recognized for their outstanding work at the 2018 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) Conference in Chicago Oct. 18-20. Established in 1997, the GCEC’s administrative offices are housed at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.

Love in a time of apocalypse: Shepherd School Opera to perform Cavalli’s ‘La Calisto’
Francesco Cavalli’s exploration of impossible love and post-war apocalypse, “La Calisto,” will be presented by Rice’s Shepherd School of Music’s Opera Department and Chamber Orchestra as the first production under the opera studies program’s new director. Performances are scheduled for Oct. 31 and Nov. 2.

The 2018 Seed Accelerator Rankings
Seed accelerators AngelPad, StartX and Y Combinator have landed the coveted Platinum Plus spots in the 2018 rankings from the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, a benchmarking program run by entrepreneurship and management experts from Rice. The rankings reflect a variety of metrics, including the valuations of participating startups, amount of funding raised by participating startups, startups’ exits and ratings provided by program graduates.

About Stefan De La Garza

Stefan De La Garza is a news analyst in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.